Posted by: becketfund | September 16, 2007

Malaysia: State Set to Monitor Muslims During Ramadan

Reuters reports that the Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS), the hardline Islamic party which governs the northern Malaysian state of Kelantan, has established patrols in the state during the month of Ramadan to ensure that Muslims keep the fast and refrain from smoking and drinking. Ten plainclothes officers will be dispatched to monitor food outlets, where those who are caught breaking the fast will be fined 20 ringgit ($6). Vendors caught selling food to Muslims during daylight hours, on the other hand, will be fined up to 500 ringgit ($144).

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